Asking SC for fresh probe would be travesty of justice: Somnath

Coming to the defence of Justice A K Ganguly again, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee Thursday said it would be a 'travesty of justice' if SC was requested by the Centre to probe into the allegations against him afresh.

"It would be a travesty of justice. The SC has already made an administrative inquiry. How can the Supreme Court go into its own findings again?" Chatterjee said referring to the three-judge panel, which had indicted Ganguly after going into the allegations of sexual harassment by a law intern.

He was commenting on the Home Ministry seeking the opinion of the Law Ministry for sending a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court to probe the allegations against Ganguly and give its recommendations on the issue of removing him as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

"Government has no jurisdiction. What is his (Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's) jurisdiction? Law does not interpret his intervention. Under the Act the government has no jurisdiction, except to prosecute," Chatterjee said.

Stating that Ganguly should suffer if "he tells lies", Chatterjee, however, said: "There are too many coincidences in the story. Everybody knows why Trinamool... Honourable Chief Minister has demanded (resignation of Ganguly) long time back."

Chatterjee said that under Section 23 of the Human Rights Act, if Ganguly was convicted of moral turpitude and sentenced to imprisonment, "then President can remove him".

"But where is the conviction and punishment? Punishment is by media? And, punishment by press conferences? And, by clamour in Parliament? Why should he resign if he has not done anything? If he resigns it will be an admission," he added.

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